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Persuasion Essay

  • Submitted by: jakwana1206
  • on March 22, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,097 words

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Persuasion was the last novel Jane Austen completed, and it didn’t appear in print until 1818, after she had passed away. It’s also shorter than most of her other novels, and some critics think that, because she wrote the novel while she was sick with the disease that would eventually kill her, she didn’t expand and polish Persuasion as much as she would have if she had been in good health.   Anne had previously been engaged to Captain Wentworth, but broke up with him because her family and friends disapproved. The initial situation is a bit strange because it relies on major action having happened already. Starting eight years after Anne and Wentworth’s first meeting and separation means that both characters have had plenty of time to think over their past actions, and might be ready to do things differently the second time around. Captain Wentworth returns to the area where Anne lives, but starts courting Louisa Musgrove instead of her. Anne and Wentworth are less in direct conflict with each other – they can barely speak to each other – than they are with themselves. They want to pretend they don’t care about each other, but those pesky underlying emotions keep coming out. On a visit to Lyme, Louisa accidentally falls and sustains a head injury, while Mr. Elliot meets and soon becomes interested in Anne. Louisa’s insistence on leaping off the wall even though it’s an obviously dangerous thing to do makes Wentworth start to go sour on her and re-evaluate Anne, just as Louisa's incapacitated state makes Wentworth duty-bound to marry her if she wants him. To make things even more complicated, Mr. Elliot is trying to put the moves on Anne, and has all the weight of family favor and money behind him. At this point, even if Wentworth wanted to change his mind and go after Anne, he’s got his entanglement with Louisa and his rival Mr. Elliot to get through first. When they both attend a concert in Bath, Anne realizes that Wentworth still loves her; Anne finds out from...

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